It's been five days since I've been back from Hong Kong, and I'm already going through food withdrawals. Hong Kong is a food paradise for Asian cuisine, and during my three weeks there, I probably ate enough for a small village. From breakfast to lunch to dinner (and plenty of snacking in between), there was definitely no shortage of food.
After being a college budget diet for so long, I forgot what it was like to eat real food! I was spoiled silly at every meal and made sure to not leave a single crumb 🍴. I foolishly told myself that I was going to try to eat healthy while I was there, but that went out the window the moment I landed. However, it was so worth it, and I don't regret a single calorie 😋.
For the first meal of the day, we usually head to a cha chaan teng, which is a Hong Kong-style diner and can be found in every neighborhood. Other options for breakfast include dim sum, a big bowl of rice porridge from the local congee shop, and street cart noodles. All of these places are extremely cheap (usually less than $5 for a dish) for their large portion size.
Despite the big breakfast, all the walking around the city gets my stomach grumbling eventually. The streets of Hong Kong are strewn with local eateries and street carts, so there are endless options for lunch.
One of my most memorable lunch meals, however, was at The Grand Buffet. This restaurant has a 360° view of Hong Kong, and the whole place revolves while you enjoy your gourmet lunch buffet. Trust me, this is definitely not your average, mediocre buffet with unsupervised kids running around putting their grubby hands on everything and getting germs everywhere.
Dinner was always spent with family friends and relatives. These were people I haven't seen in 7 years or more, so it was so nice to catch up with everyone while sharing a delicious meal. We usually had a traditional Cantonese meal, hot pot, or the occasional Thai.
I swear there's a separate compartment in my stomach reserved specifically for dessert. No matter how full I am, I can always have a bite (or two) of something sweet, especially if that something sweet involves mango
As if three square meals a day weren't enough already, I managed to still have room for snacking in between meals. It's impossible to resist when the smell of curry fish balls or mini egg puffs wafts down every street. Around every corner, there's always something delicious to find!
I realize that some of these dishes may look unusual or even unappetizing to those not familiar with Asian cuisine, but every culture has their own specialties, and it's important to keep an open mind before you pass something off as gross. So if you ever make your way to Hong Kong, come with an empty stomach, an open mind, and leave your diet plan at home!
*Originally published on Violets for Vivien